NYA voter turnout best in the county

No city or township in Carver County reported a higher percentage of voter turnout than Norwood Young America on Nov. 6.

Of 1,839 registered voters in NYA, 1,811 came out to the polls (98.48 percent), a participation rate better than any place in the county with the exception of one out of seven precincts in Chanhassen and one out of three precincts in Victoria, both of which had turnout rates of over 100 percent.

Countywide, 53,079 voters cast ballots for a turnout rate of 95.87 percent.

While NYA Mayor Tina Diedrick did not face any opponents in the Nov. 6 election, it was a different story for incumbent council members JR Hoernemann and Dick Stolz.

Diedrick earned 1,478 votes (95.11 percent) for mayor and, as expected, retained her seat. There were also 76 write-in votes recorded (4.89 percent).

On the other hand, four individuals were running for two council seats and while Stolz successfully defended his seat, Hoernemann will step aside next January to make room for Michael McPadden.

McPadden received the most votes of any council candidate with 911 (32.97 percent) to earn his seat and return to city government. In years past he had served as a Norwood City Council member and as the mayor of NYA.

Stolz earned the second-most votes with 797 (28.85 percent) to retain his seat, which he was appointed to last year after the resignation of councilor Chad Eischens.

Hoernemann received 592 votes (21.43 percent), and Chad Pederson earned 441 votes (15.96 percent). There were also 22 write-in votes cast in the council races (.80 percent).

While the ballot did not show any contested races in Cologne this fall, a number of late-developing write-in campaigns made things interesting after the official filing period had closed.

Current council member Matt Lein was the only individual to file for the mayor’s seat, which is being vacated by Bernie Shambour Jr. at the end of the year after Shambour decided not to seek reelection.

However, fellow council member Scott Williams, who filed to defend his seat, also announced a write-in campaign for mayor in late October.
On Nov. 6, Lein won the mayor’s seat with 416 votes (60.73 percent), while there were 269 write-in votes cast (39.27 percent).

While unsuccessful in his write-in attempt at the mayor’s position, Williams did successfully defend his council seat and received the most votes of any announced candidate with 456 votes (46.15 percent).

Jeffrey McInnis will join the council as a new member after receiving the second-most votes in the campaign with 316 (31.98 percent).

Two other individuals had announced write-in campaigns for the council, including current council member Jill Skaaland and Joel Sievers. There were 216 write-in votes cast (21.86 percent).

In all, 806 voters came to the polls in Cologne out of 832 registered voters for a turnout rate of 95.72 percent.

With only two candidates running for three open positions on the Hamburg City Council, there were no surprises after the General Election on Nov. 6.

Incumbent Mayor Richard Malz was the only individual to file for the mayor’s seat and earned 230 votes (90.55 percent) to retain his seat. There were also 24 write-in votes cast (9.45 percent).

Richard Odoms was the only individual to file for the city council and received 161 votes (55.52 percent). There were also 129 write-in votes cast (44.48 percent).

Current council members John Barnes and Larry Mueller did not run for reelection. The council discussed how to fill the open council seat during its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, but details were not available when this edition went to press.

A total of 292 voters cast ballots in Hamburg out of 311 registered voters for a turnout rate of 93.89 percent.